Beak at the 4th International Mining Symposium “Shaping the future: Long-term experiences and innovations in mine remediation” (WISSYM 2019)
Presentation “Post-mining landscapes and remediation sites – temporary habitats for protected species”

11th October 2019, Chemnitz (Germany)

At the 4th International Mining Symposium of WISMUT GmbH, Dr Frank Schmidt and Dr Reinhard Reißmann will present “Post-mining landscapes and remediation sites – temporary habitats for protected species”. The presentation is Friday, 11/10/2019.
About the content:
Mining activities and mine closure (recultivation) create, for a short term, special habitats with poor vegetation cover. These habitats are vital for various endangered and protected animals within the intensively used cultural landscape. Thus, the establishment of a mine (open pit) attracts protected species that, in turn, lead to conflicts with species conservation regulations (i.e. Federal Nature Conservation Law, § 44). According to § 44, the killing of protected animals, even by accident, or the damaging of nesting sites, is forbidden – even when there is a permit for mining and these species were attracted by mining. Examples for the value of fresh post-mining landscapes, conflicts and a possible way forward are given.

The conference is organised by WISMUT GmbH. Partner organisations are the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), DIAMO (Czech Republic) and the University of Resources Freiberg.

Registration for the conference is up to 31st August 2019.

Figure: Natterjack Toad (Epidalea calamita) and Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris) – typical pioneer species in mining landscapes.